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GM looks to new vehicles, China to boost profit

General Motors CEO Mary Barra told investors Wednesday that GM plans a raft of new models and a big push to sell more cars in China to drive profits in coming years, as the biggest U.S. automaker tries to shift the spotlight from a mishandled recall of older small cars.

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Berkshire Hathaway to buy Van Tuyl automotive group

The deal, expected to be completed early next year, involves the nation’s fifth largest privately owned dealership group, posting sales of more than $8 billion. The Van Tuyl Group grew from Cecil Van Tuyl’s first lot, a Chevy dealership in Kansas City 59 years ago.

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Children’s deaths prompt proposed safety standard for window blinds

The staff of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission says a mandatory federal standard for window blinds is necessary because voluntary efforts by manufacturers have failed to eliminate — or even reduce — the risk of strangulation from window blind cords. Window-covering manufacturers say they’re disappointed by the proposal, which will be put to a vote before the agency’s five commissioners next week.

Restaurant inspections for Oct. 2

Area restaurants cited for 7 or more critical health code violations: J’s Fish & Chicken Market, Cancun Fiesta Fresh, Arenosas Mexican Food, 54th Street Grill & Bar, Abuelo’s Mexican Food, Golden Corral, Sushi Haru, and Sawasdee Thai Cuisine. Most violations are corrected at the time of the inspection.

Applications for unemployment benefits drop

The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits dropped 8,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 287,000, as the total number of beneficiaries dropped to its lowest level in more than eight years.

Restaurant inspections for Oct. 2

Area restaurants cited for 7 or more critical health code violations: J’s Fish & Chicken Market, Cancun Fiesta Fresh, Arenosas Mexican Food, 54th Street Grill & Bar, Abuelo’s Mexican Food, Golden Corral, Sushi Haru, and Sawasdee Thai Cuisine. Most violations are corrected at the time of the inspection.

Applications for unemployment benefits drop

The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits dropped 8,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 287,000, as the total number of beneficiaries dropped to its lowest level in more than eight years.

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Alibaba’s stock is anything but child’s play

All those dollar signs surrounding this Chinese Internet titan, along with its imaginative name, have piqued the interest of many kids. Parents shouldn’t bet the college fund, but there are several ways to own a piece of Alibaba and turn the investment into a learning experience for your new investor.

Alibaba’s stock is anything but child’s play

All those dollar signs surrounding this Chinese Internet titan, along with its imaginative name, have piqued the interest of many kids. Parents shouldn’t bet the college fund, but there are several ways to own a piece of Alibaba and turn the investment into a learning experience for your new investor.

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Waddell & Reed Financial tops the rankings

The Overland Park mutual fund manager has outpaced rivals in attracting investors’ dollars by its strong performance and variety of offerings. And the Ivy Funds, which Waddell manages alongside its Waddell & Reed Funds, had a big hand in this year’s showing.

Waddell & Reed Financial tops the rankings

The Overland Park mutual fund manager has outpaced rivals in attracting investors’ dollars by its strong performance and variety of offerings. And the Ivy Funds, which Waddell manages alongside its Waddell & Reed Funds, had a big hand in this year’s showing.

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A decade after welcoming wind, states reconsider

A decade ago, states offered wind-energy developers an open-armed embrace, envisioning a bright future for an industry that would offer cheap electricity, new jobs and steady income for large landowners, especially in rural areas with few other economic prospects.

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Most forecasts expect good U.S. job growth

Some industries in some areas aren’t hiring, but the overall U.S. job market is looking up, according to several indicators in advance of the government’s monthly jobs report for September, due out Friday morning.